Genioplasty, mentoplasty, or chin augmentation is a procedure designed to balance the proportions of a person’s face by adding projection to the chin. A lack of chin prominence can negatively affect your facial harmony and overall appearance.
The First Step is Your Consultation
During your consultation with Dr. Branman, you can discuss the aspects of your chin that you find dissatisfying. The doctor will evaluate your conditions and determine if surgery is an appropriate solution. The surgery may involve an incision inside the mouth, so be sure to inform Dr. Branman if you smoke or if you have dental/gum problems.
Chin Augmentation Surgery
Before surgery, Dr. Branman will help you select a specially shaped implant in an appropriate size for your facial features. Dr. Branman makes a small incision in the mouth or beneath the chin and inserts the implant in a pocket that resides in front of the jawbone. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour. You may be instructed to take oral antibiotics both before and after the procedure to help guard against infection.
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After Chin Augmentation
The chin is usually taped after surgery to minimize swelling and discomfort. Sutures will be removed within one week. During recovery, you will likely experience some discomfort and swelling in the chin area for several days. Some numbness and minor difficulty smiling or talking is normal in the initial recovery period. Discoloration (black or blue marks) might be visible around the chin and neck.
Chin surgery, and all cosmetic surgery procedures, are performed by Little Rock cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rhys Branman at Arkansas Surgical Hospital or in our in-office surgical suite.